Podiatrists located in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, St. Peters, & Webster, MO
An ingrown toenail is a very common condition that happens when your toenail digs into the nearby soft tissue instead of growing over it. At Foot Healers in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, St. Peters, and Shrewsbury, Missouri, the team offers safe and effective treatment for ingrown toenails. The practice is led by a team of expert podiatrists committed to keeping your feet healthy. To schedule your appointment, call or book online today.
Ingrown Toenail Q & A
What causes ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common nail ailments. An ingrown toenail is a painful condition that causes swelling, redness, and irritation to the tissues surrounding your toenail. Although an ingrown nail can affect any of your toes, it most commonly affects the big toe. Ingrown toenails can be caused by a number of issues. Among them are:
- Improperly trimmed nails
- Ill-fitting shoes
- Toe injuries or repeated trauma
In many cases, ingrown toenails are caused by improper trimming. Failure to trim your nails straight across can cause the nail to dig into your skin as it regrows. Some people are at a higher risk of developing ingrown toenails because of the natural curve of their nail.
Wearing shoes that crowd your toes can also result in ingrown toenails.
How are ingrown toenails treated?
Treatment depends on the severity of your ingrown nail. If your condition is mild, your podiatrist may recommend certain at-home treatments like soaking the nail to relieve swelling and tenderness.
If your condition doesn’t improve with at-home care, your doctor may lift the nail and place a splint under it to get it to grow normally.
If your condition is more severe, your doctor may perform a minor procedure to remove a portion of the affected nail. If you experience repeated ingrown toenails, your doctor also removes a portion of the underlying tissue along with the nail.
Although an ingrown toenail is typically a minor problem, if left untreated, it can cause serious complications. If you suffer from diabetes, it's especially important to receive proper treatment for your ingrown toenail.
Untreated or undetected ingrown toenails can become infected and lead to serious complications like bone infections, ulcers, and gangrene.
How can I prevent ingrown toenails?
In many cases, ingrown toenails can be prevented. To minimize your risk of developing an ingrown toenail, you should:
- Trim your nails straight across
- Avoid tight-fitting shoes
- Keep your toenails at a moderate length (not too short or too long)
Prevention is the best way to protect yourself against painful ingrown toenails, but if you do develop one, the podiatrists at Foot Healers can provide you with timely and effective relief. To schedule your visit, call one of the offices, or book your appointment online today.
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